By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor
The McGregor City Council agreed to split the cost of new water meters with the McGregor Municipal Utilities (MMU) at the Oct. 16 regular city council meeting. The council first considered the proposal at last month’s meeting, but wanted more information before making a decision. MMU said purchasing new meters will cost between $9,500 and $15,000 each year for the next five to 10 years, so each entity will pay anywhere from $4,750 to $7,500 annually.
The water meter change out is necessary because, as of Jan. 1, 2014, there will be a change to the water supply rules that says any water meters installed or changed out can no longer use brass containing lead. Water meter suppliers will also be converting from remote read water meters that use an outside read to either “touch” or “automatic read” meters.
Mayor Gay Hallberg called the change out a “great start” and councilwoman Rogeta Halvorson said it should help cut the cost of personnel and provide more accurate readings.